THOMAS ALLEN HARRIS (Mr. SOUL! Cast) is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar. Harris is the creator and host of the PBS series Family Pictures USA, which has broadcast to critical acclaim, garnering an audience of over 5.3 million. Since 1990, Harris has remixed archives from multiple origins throughout his work, challenging hierarchy within historical narratives through pioneering documentary and research methodologies that center vernacular images and collaboration. Family Pictures USA evolved out of Digital Diaspora Family Reunion, Harris’ socially engaged art project that combines film, video, photography, and performance into storytelling events in over 75 cities worldwide, interviewing more than 4,000 people about their family albums. Harris is known for deeply personal mythopoetic films including É Minha Cara/That’s My Face, which won Best Documentary at OUTFest as well as the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Berlinale; Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela: A Son’s Tribute to Unsung Heroes, which won Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival and was nominated for the Truer Than Fiction Independent Spirit Award; and Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, winner of the NAACP Image Award for Documentary Film and an African Oscar, as well as Emmy and Peabody nominations. His work has been exhibited at major film festivals internationally as well as at MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Biennial, and the Corcoran Gallery. Harris is the recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and United States Artist fellowships and is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). He continues to speak and teach on the value of the family photo album as a tool for social change and is on faculty at Yale University.